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Disrupted Barrier Function

The Barrier Function is an extremely important concept in skin care. It describes the strength of the skin barrier and how well it protects skin from the external environment. The barrier function refers to the Stratum Corneum layer of skin which is the outermost layer of the epidermis. The barrier is highly impermeable, a characteristic designed to prevent the loss of water out of the skin and to prevent the entrance of harmful microorganisms or irritants. When the barrier function is disrupted or depleted by harsh products, handling, or environmental conditions, the skin loses water and becomes more permeable to irritants and allergens. Once irritants or allergens penetrate the epidermis, they may trigger inflammation.

  • Signs
  • Causes
  • Treatment

The following are the signs that you may have a disrupted barrier function:

  • Dry, flaky or itchy skin.
  • Irritated or sensitive skin.
  • Skin has an oily appearance but feels dry.

The following are the causes for a disrupted barrier function:

  • Harsh products.

  • Excessive use of perfume.

  • Excessive cleansing with water and soap.

  • Cleansing in hot water or exposure to steam or high heat. 

  • Medication.

  • Air pollution and cigarette smoke.

  • Poor diet and alcohol.

  • Hormones and stress.

  • Medical condition (Rosacea, Psoriasis, Eczema, Acute Dermatitis).

Recommended Treatments: Essential Facial, DMK Enzyme Therapy